Lightning down the Canadiens in double overtime, Flames and Ducks prepare for Game Two of their series, and more in NHL Canadian Corner.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nikita Kucherov scored in double overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the opening game of their second-round series. Kucherov had a goal in the first overtime disallowed when he pushed Canadiens goalie Carey Price into the net after Price made the initial save. The winning goal left Canadiens coach Michel Therrien fuming, as the officials missed the fact the Lightning were offside prior to scoring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens dominated most of the play in this one but Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (43 saves) was outstanding, apart from giving up a blooper goal on a Max Pacioretty shot. Price was solid in this one, but Bishop was better.
As for the two Kucherov goals, the officials made the right call in the first overtime but definitely missed the offside leading up to his second one. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos continues to struggle offensively, and while he insists he’s healthy, I think he’s nursing an injury. He’s passing in circumstances where he usually shoots.
CALGARY SUN/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Calgary Flames will be starting Karri Ramo in Game Two of their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks. They also learned Jiri Hudler and Micheal Ferland, who were sidelined in Game One, will be suiting up for this game. The Ducks, meanwhile, will stick with Frederik Andersen between the pipes for Game Two.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames were blown out 6-1 in Game One so they’ll be seeking redemption in Game Two.
EDMONTON SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said predecessor Craig MacTavish will be his “number two guy” moving forward. Meanwhile, several hockey insiders believe the Oilers could be at, or near, the top of Detroit Red Wings GM Mike Babcock’s list of destinations if he becomes a free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After winning the draft lottery and hiring Chiarelli, signing Babcock as their new head coach would complete the offseason trifecta of joy for long-suffering Oilers fans. We’ll find out in the coming weeks if that will be the case.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand. He’s expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp in September.